Privilege and responsibility: reflections on a career

With so much global change and innovation going on, some readers seek understanding to make sense of it all. I try to meet that need with my blogs and articles. However based on reflections of my childhood followed by a forty year working career, I write this piece about my […]

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Analytics blogger – Journalist or personal diary?

There are several bloggers like me who write about the topics of analytics and enterprise risk and performance management (ERM / EPM). What are our writing styles? Some do a deep dive into the details of equations and algorithms of analytics or of the various methodologies like strategic balanced scorecards […]

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Analytics and Big Data – Press pause on the Stairmaster

Our lives have become hectic. We are working harder and longer. We talk about life balance, but for so many of us we continue to have imbalance. Every once in a while we need to step back, press the “pause” button on the Stairmaster exercise machine, take some deep breaths, […]

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Horse racing’s Triple Crown – just like business analysts*

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness horseraces, the first and second legs of the USA’s prestigious Triple Crown races, have been run. The winner of both races, I’ll Have Another, will be trying to win horseracing’s famous Triple Crown by winning the Belmont, but he will need to again outrun the […]

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Analytics and EPM – You’ve read me, now hear me

I wrote my first weekly SAS blog in February 2007, almost 5 ½ years ago and have rarely missed a week. So you have read me. In this blog I deviate from the normal for you to hear me. I discuss business analytics and enterprise performance management (EPM).   INFORMS […]

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Kaplan and Norton’s future vision of the Balanced Scorecard

I define Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) much broader than its narrowly perceived view as a CFO initiative with a bunch of dashboards. Under EPM’s broad umbrella are these component methodologies: (1) profitability analysis; (2) forecasting, planning, and budgeting; (3) customer intelligence; (4) process improvement; and (5) strategy execution. The last […]

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The Academy Awards and business analytics

A year ago I wrote a similar blog as this one based on my finding the acceptance speeches at Hollywood’s Academy Awards to be inspirational. The speeches I enjoy most are Oscar recipients who thank the teams that contributed to their receiving the award. Success comes much more from teams […]

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Could Beethoven have implemented business analytics?

Could the great classical music composer Ludwig Beethoven successfully implement business analytics in an organization? I was educated as an industrial engineer, and I do not view myself as a scholar of the performing arts, literature, or classical music. However I have always been a careful observer and listener of […]

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CFO.com’s CPM conference: CFOs see FOs

This January 30th the publisher CFO.com, that ranks roughly third of fifty financial media publishers in circulation behind the Wall Street Journal and The Economist, will host their popular CFO.com Corporate Performance Management (CPM) conference in New York City. The theme will be “Accelerating High Performance: Tactics, Tools, and Technology.” […]

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Who are the animals of analytics-based enterprise performance management ?

Ever notice how the personalities and dispositions of animals often resemble humans? An organization’s pursuit of adopting analytics-based enterprise performance management involves personalities of all types. How are they like the creatures that populate our planet? A blog is recommended to be less than 500 words, but I violate that […]

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